Filipino Comedian Jo Koy Is Proud To Have Shot His New Netflix Special In The Philippines

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Jo Koy took the opportunity to show pride in his culture in his third Netflix comedy special In His Element. This is definitely not your average comedy hour. It’s a mixture of hilarious stand-up, a look into the Filipino culture including food, arts and entertainment. You definitely have to watch the trailer because it will literally transport you to the Philippines where it was filmed.


Jo Koy Is Paying Tribute To The Philippines Where He Grew Up

For 49-year-old Koy, it was a no brainer for him to film his latest Netflix special in Manila. For him, it’s all about representing the Filipino culture and showing people that have not been to the Philippines a whole new look at the glorious country. In an interview with Newsweek, Koy opened up about how keeping in touch with his culture helps him relate to the audience more. Koy lived in the Philippines from ages 6 to 11 and loved watching Filipino variety shows. While he did not speak Tagalog, it wasn’t hard for him to follow along. He was absolutely enamored by these shows and knew that he had to be a part of one someday, thus, inspiring him to bring Netflix along.

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He explained his thought process saying “How can I give back to a culture that’s given so much for me? All I do is talk about my mom and talk about Filipino culture. How can I give back?” He certainly found a great way to give back. This special is definitely an opportunity to pay homage to his culture and his fans rooting for him all the way in the Philippines. On the Instagram post featuring the trailer for the Netflix special, the comments are already filled with so much love. One comment says “I LOVE THIS FOR ASIAN CULTURE.” Others simply showed their excitement and anticipation with emojis. In the trailer, Koy shows off a very popular Filipino dish, chicken adobo which will literally have your mouth salivating. It’s just one of the many little snippets to look forward to when watching.


This Comedy Special Is All About Vulnerability For Koy

Koy really felt like this was the right time for him to go back to his roots and even invite some young comedians along for the journey. This includes Andrew Lopez who is also a young Filipino comedian that really immersed himself into the experience. He was so excited to join Koy in bringing some more great entertainment to the country after re-visiting it since moving to America.

One very memorable thing that Koy said is and “If you’re vulnerable, if you open up and put it out there and tell your story, people are just interested. I love to hear about other people’s cultures and backgrounds and foods.”

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The special is actually out today, and will truly be an unforgettable experience for viewers at home who can personally connect to it.

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